Spanish outfit Filmax International has acquired the international sales rights excluding Asia, Germany and Poland and the distribution rights for Spain for the Asian horror production Invitation Only directed by Kevin Ko.
Filmax International will present a promo of the film, which is currently in post production, at Cannes and will premiere in Asia in the late summer of 2008.
Invitation Only is Kevin Ko's first film, and is being produced by Three Dots Entertainment, the company which has been cited as changing the face of Taiwan cinema with its focus on genre-driven films and discovery of new filmmakers.
The deal was closed after the Hong Kong Filmart by Filmax's Carlos Fernández, CEO, Carlos Rojano, managing director and Vicente Canales, head of the international division.
'The script impressed us for its originality and when we saw the film's rushes we knew that we were dealing with a very special film that will be talked about in the international marketplace. Invitation Only will certainly appeal to young audiences and will prove to have tremendous international potential and be of great interest to distributors. It is set to become a film of reference as Kevin Ko, its young director, will himself surely become a serious point of conversation,' says Julio Fernandez, chairman of Filmax.
Michelle Yeh, head of Three Dots Entertainment, adds: 'We are thrilled to be working with the Filmax brand; their enthusiasm and support of director Kevin Ko's vision absolutely won us over! We believe the film is in perfect hands to reach worldwide audiences!'